Abstract

Juan Rufo (Córdoba, 1547 – ca. 1620), a writer and soldier of humble origins, shaped his image as a poet with the publication of his epic poem La Austríada (1584) and the social relations that he developed with court nobility during that period. Two poet's autograph letters sent to the future Cardinal Ascanio Colonna (1560–1608) speak vividly about these relations of the writer with several members of the nobility, as well as the relationship of his epic poem with the literary and court context of its time. In this article, I analyze Rufo's self-fashioning strategies in the period when he published La Austríada, study some of his Spanish-Italian relations with court nobility, and publish, for the first time, the complete text of his letters to Colonna.

Resumen

Juan Rufo (Córdoba, 1547 - ca. 1620), escritor y soldado de origen humilde, configuró su imagen de poeta culto a partir de la publicación de su poema épico La Austríada (1584) y de las relaciones sociales que en esa época cultivó con la nobleza cortesana. De estas relaciones de Rufo y de la configuración de su imagen como escritor nos hablan de viva voz dos cartas autógrafas del poeta dirigidas al futuro cardenal italiano Ascanio Colonna (1560–1608), así como la vinculación de su epopeya con el contexto cortesano y literario de la época. Este artículo analiza dicha configuración de la propia imagen del escritor, contextualiza en el marco europeo algunas de sus relaciones cortesanas y edita por primera vez de manera íntegra las cartas de Rufo.

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